Future of Woolen Mills by the numbers

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- As WillowTree prepares to move into Woolen Mills, the numbers can be staggering.

"There is 100,000 square feet, it spans over three buildings, WillowTree will encompass about 85,000 square feet, and the remaining 15,000 will be a restaurant, which is the space we're in now," said project developer Brian Roy on a tour of the space.

Those are just a few of the numbers surrounding the redevelopment of the historic Woolen Mills facility.

Another big one is $25 million, which is the price tag for the massive project that will bring all of WillowTree's employees from different sites in downtown Charlottesville to one space.

"We hired over 100 people in Charlottesville in 2018, we're looking forward to adding at least another 200, but the building will allow 400 maybe 450 in the next few years," said WillowTree partner Mike Moore.

To get the old rundown building ready for the company, more numbers.

"It's interesting because there are 15,000 window panes in this building, and they all had to be preserved individually, so keeping it to its historic character with single window panes, and trying to make it something that is functional for a state-of-the-art technology company and restaurant, we had to get creative with how we're going to keep the building secure and heated and cooled," said Roy.

Thousands of window panes, tens of thousands of square feet, hundreds of new employees, all these numbers add to a business that's a key player in technology's third phase.

"I think we're in this digital third wave, where digital is part of everything, we believe we are in the early innings of that, so I think we've got a lot of running room ahead of us," said Moore.

But there's one more number that may be of interest. There is a gap on the Rivanna Trail, which is 20 miles long. Part of the project to revamp Wollen Mills includes fixing the gap and completing the circle.



 
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